Definition of emotion
2a : the affective aspect of consciousness : feelingb : a state of feelingc : a conscious mental reaction (such as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body
Examples of emotion in a Sentence
a display of raw emotion
The defendant showed no emotion when the verdict was read.
She was overcome with emotion at the news of her friend's death.
Recent Examples of emotion from the Web
The decades-long fight is taking a new turn under the Trump administration, with emotions running so hot that, as Wackowski's email shows, even supporters are fighting with each other over strategy.
And meanwhile in Amsterdam, there’s a robot named Spencer who can recognize emotion and help passengers make connecting flights.
The first-time singer may not be belting, but his emotions come through clear and strong.
This seemed to be a classic case of emotions overwhelming data, British fans siding irrationally with the local favorite.
Courtney, who Billboard describes as a mix of Ed Sheeran and Mumford & Sons, took the stage June 30 at the Miller Lite Oasis with a performance that surely didn't lack in emotion.
Adams said the day carried mixed emotions for him as a black man.
Those emotions are often faster to our tongues than logic is.
The verdict was good for black emotion but terrible for whites.
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Origin and Etymology of emotion
Middle French, from emouvoir to stir up, from Old French esmovoir, from Latin emovēre to remove, displace, from e- + movēre to move
First Known Use: 1579See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of emotion
EMOTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emotion for English Language Learners
: a strong feeling (such as love, anger, joy, hate, or fear)
EMOTION Defined for Kids
Definition of emotion for Students
: strong feeling (as anger, love, joy, or fear) often accompanied by a physical reaction She flushed with emotion.
Medical Definition of emotion
1: the affective aspect of consciousness
2: a state of feeling
3: a conscious mental reaction (as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body—compare affect
emotional\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective
emotionality\-ˌmō-shə-ˈnal-ət-ē\play noun plural
emotionally\-ˈmō-shnə-lē, -shən-əl-ē\play adverb
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